5-HTP is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan. It is produced in the body from a small protein building block called tryptophan. 5-HTP helps the body to make the important “feel good” brain chemical called serotonin and the vital “sleep” hormone, melatonin. Supplementation with 5-HTP can help boost these important brain chemicals which in turn promote a healthy mood, better sleep and a reduction in the sensation of pain. Those with fibromyalgia may find some relief from their symptoms. As well, 5-HTP can be used to help both prevent migraine headaches and reduce their severity once they occur. Orange Natural’s 5-HTP is naturally derived from the African plant griffonia simplicifolia and is enhanced with vitamin B6 and magnesium which are important co-factors to help the body convert and utilize 5-HTP.
5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-L-tryptophan) - 100mg
Magnesium (magnesium bisglycinate) - 60mg
Helps to promote healthy mood balance, relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia and reduce the severity and duration of migraine headaches when taken as a prophylactic. Can be taken as a sleep aid.
Directions: Adults 18 and over - take one (1) capsule three (3) times daily with food or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. For sleep aid, take one (1) or two (2) capsules 45 minutes before bedtime or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. To minimize the risk of gastrointestinal side effects, start dosing at one (1) capsule, one (1) to two (2) times per day and slowly increase to effective dose over a 2 weeks period. For optimal results take for a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks. Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 1 year.
Caution: Do not use this product if you have scleroderma. As with any natural health product, you should consult a health care practitioner on the use of this product especially if you are taking medication including carbidopa or drugs/supplements with serotonergic activity, including but not limited to L-tryptophan, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), St. John’s wort, antidepressants, pain killers, over-the-counter cough and cold medication containing dextromethorphan, anti-nausea medication and anti-migraine medication. Please consult with your health care practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is important to talk to your health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen or if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks. Definitely discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if you show signs of weakness, oral ulcers, or abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain or if you experience skin changes. May cause drowsiness or gastrointestinal disturbances such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Please exercise caution if you will be operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Do not use if seal is broken. Keep out of reach of children.